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Finalists announced for Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards

Contributed • Feb 8, 2018 at 11:31 AM

HERMITAGE — The finalists for the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards presented annually to the top girls and boys in five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association are in.

South Greene’s Taylor Lamb is a finalist for the third straight year. This year, however, the Lady Rebels have moved to Class AA. Lamb was a Class A Miss Basketball finalist in both 2016 and 2017.

This is the 34th year that the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards have been presented to Tennessee’s best high school basketball players. Athletes from Northeast Tennessee have claimed the Miss Basketball title three times: Elizabethton’s Kayla Marosites was the Class AA Miss Basketball in 2015 and 2016, and South Greene’s Debbie Hawhee won it in 1988. The region has never produced a Mr. Basketball.

The awards will be presented on the floor of the Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 7. The draw for the Division I boys’ state basketball tournament will be held prior to the Mr. and Miss Basketball Awards presentation at 5 p.m.

A statewide committee of sportswriters selects winners based on performance during the 2017-2018 regular season. Academics and character are also taken into consideration. High school head basketball coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.

2018 Mr. and Miss Basketball Finalists

Division II-A Miss Basketball Finalists

Casey Collier, Webb School of Knoxville

Ashton Hulme, USJ

Ashlyn Pittman, Friendship Christian

Division II-AA Miss Basketball Finalists

Sydni Harvey, Brentwood Academy

Savanna Owens, Briarcrest

Dontavia Waggoner, Ensworth

Class A Miss Basketball Finalists

Tess Darby, Greenfield

Chloe Moore, Greenfield

Courtney Pritchett, Pickett County

Class AA Miss Basketball Finalists

Gracee Dishman, Cumberland County

Taylor Lamb, South Greene

Akira Levy, Upperman

Class AAA Miss Basketball Finalists

Brinae Alexander, Riverdale

Elizabeth Dixon, Ridgeway

Rhyne Howard, Bradley Central

Division II-A Mr. Basketball Finalists

C.J. Gettelfinger, Grace Christian Academy

Keon Johnson, The Webb School

Malik Riddle, Rossville Christian Academy

Division II-AA Mr. Basketball Finalists

Jr. Clay, McCallie

Darius Garland, Brentwood Academy

Cedric Henderson, Jr., Briarcrest

Class A Mr. Basketball Finalists

Arecko Gipson, MASE

Jackson Hicks, Oakdale

Caden Mills, Van Buren County

Class AA Mr. Basketball Finalists

Kadrion Johnson, Marshall County

Jayden Lockett, East Nashville

Jessie Walker, Brainerd

Class AAA Mr. Basketball Finalists

Mark Freeman, Southwind

Tyler Harris, Cordova

Alex Lomax, Memphis East

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